THE MIRRORED ROOM (2004)
Tin Sheds Gallery, Sydney, Australia.
The idea for this work began with a fascination for optical devices. When you look through a pair of binoculars distant objects are brought closer, appearing only a few metres in front of your eyes. This intended effect is accompanied by another incidental effect: the objects seem flattened, arranged in distinct parallel planes stacked one behind the other as if they were pieces of stage scenery. These incidental effects interest me.
The uncanny effects of technologically mediated vision are all around us. Glimpsing your image on one of the surveillance monitors that have become standard equipment in public places can be a strangely disconcerting experience. The grainy black and white image captured by the camera takes on a sinister tone. Seen from above by the wide angle lens its easy to imagine yourself implicated in a crime.
In the Mirrored Room, two surveillance cameras create a mirror image of the gallery space and its inhabitants. Invited to don a pair of anaglyph glasses (the kind used to view 3D movies) visitors interact with a stereoscopic image of themselves that floats out in front of the screen or at other times sinks back into a illusion of space beyond the screen. Immersed in the space of the image, the viewer is an active participant in the work.